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Registration & Cancellation Policies

Registration Policies


Since workshops fill quickly, it is advisable to sign up as early as possible. In order to reserve a space in any workshop, we require full payment or the deposit ammounts detailed below.

To help Esalen fulfill its mission and to lower costs, we ask all who are capable of doing so to please pay the full amount of their workshop or Personal Retreat at the time they make their reservation, rather than making a deposit.

Balance of payment is due five days before arrival. Deposits are payable in U.S. currency only. Overseas residents must pay by checks drawn on U.S. banks or use a credit card. Please indicate your second choice for a workshop in case your first choice is canceled and we are unable to reach you.

Esalen Deposits Schedule
Weekend $150
5-7 Days $300
12-14 Days $400
21+ Days $600

How to Register

Our reservation form (in Adobe PDF format) is for your convenience in reserving a space in Esalen workshops. If you wish to make reservations for more than one person, please print a copy of the form so that each registrant has his or her own form, unless you are registering as a couple with the same address and phone number. A non-refundable deposit for each person registering and each workshop applied for must accompany this form.
To register on the web:

You may place an online reservation request through our Online Reservation Requests page.

To register by phone:

Dial 888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536). Phone reservation hours are 9am - 7pm Pacific Time, every day.

The most opportune time to call is typically after 2pm.

To register by fax:

Fax the completed reservation form to 831-667-2724. All fax reservations must include credit card information and a signature. Our fax line is exclusively for reservations. No personal correspondence, please.
To register by mail:

To register by mail:

Mailed reservation deposits are payable in U.S. currency only, and overseas residents must pay by checks drawn on U.S. banks or provide complete credit card information.

Mail completed reservation form to:

Esalen Institute
Attn: Reservations
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
Reduced Rate Options and Discounts

Senior Citizen Discount: Esalen offers a special discount to individuals over 65 years of age. The discount for a weekend workshop is $25; a five-day or longer workshop is $50. Please request this discount at the time of registration. When you complete the reservation form, please indicate the discounts for which you qualify. If you qualify, and you make your reservation by phone, be sure to ask for this discount. (Please note: Senior discounts are not available for the Work Study Program.)

Accommodations for Families: Two full-paying adults housed in standard accommodations may have their children in the room for a meal charge of $20 per child per day ($10 for children under six). Note: If children are enrolled in Gazebo School Park or an Esalen workshop, additional fees are required. For more information see Gazebo School Park Early Childhood Program.

Cancellation Policies

Esalen Institute reserves the right to cancel any program at any time.

If You Cancel a Workshop

If you cancel or change any part of your reservation at least seven full days before the start of your workshop(s), your non-refundable deposit, less a $75-per-workshop, per-person processing fee, will be transferred to an Esalen non-refundable credit account to be used within one year.

If you cancel a workshop with less than seven days notice, you forfeit your entire deposit. If you have prepaid your entire reservation fee, we will retain the fees as stated above and return the balance to you.

If You Cancel a Personal Retreat

If you cancel your reservation at least 7 days before your reservations date, A $75 processing fee will be charged for each reservation (per person) and the remaining balance will be refunded. If less than 7 days, you will forfeit the price of one night's lodging (per person).

If You Have Applied for a Scholarship

If you have applied for a scholarship and we are unable to give you any assistance, we will, at your request, refund your deposit in full if you cancel your reservation at least five full days prior to the start of your workshop.

Cancellations must be made by phone with one of our reservation staff. "Seven full days" means by Sunday before a Sunday workshop, and by Friday before a Friday workshop. Donations to the Friends of Esalen are nonrefundable.


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